I like waving my hands in the air. It's fun, mostly because it's one of those liberating, body moving, get the blood flowing things to do. It expands your personal space and it's hard to do without smiling. It's also great for getting someone's attention or moving along with a crowd at a concert during the slow songs. Unfortunately, hand waving doesn't do much more than that.
Hand waving is pretty much exactly what I think of when I read Celeste's blog entry about KDE4 today.
I'm sure it was liberating to write, but sadly I don't know what to do with it. For instance, she quotes some user who says they can't figure out how to make their Plasma look like what I use. There's no mention of what they can't figure out, what screenshot they were looking at ... nothing.
I don't know if the problem is that they are using 4.0.x, or 4.1beta1 or if they've run into one of the usability issues that remain such as the drag handle for resizing panels not being obvious enough for many.
Celeste talks about features she sees in blog entries but doesn't say which blog entries, which features, which content or really any concrete detail at all.
This leaves someone like myself staring at the entry and feeling absolutely, entirely helpless. There's a stated general problem but with absolutely no real world examples to discuss, no actual problems to address ... just a vague waving of arms in the air.
So if you, dear reader, wish to be helpful versus just leave me with things to stare at with a very uncomfortable feeling in my stomach, be specific. Get the handing waving in, sure, but then give me something to grab onto: extend your hands with one or two artifacts of your experience that we can share and discuss.
One of the great fallacies of conversation is that you can discuss generalities without specifics and still arrive at useful results. Unfortunately, unless you're discussing the taste of the colour pink or something equally abstract, without specifics a group discussion will almost always result in uselessness.